Pep Guardiola has offered his thoughts on the “terrible history” of former Manchester City scout Barry Bennell’s child sexual abuse scandal.
City’s role in the widescale abuse perpetrated by Bennell has been questioned after it emerged the club may have known of his reputation in the sport.
Bennell was a coach and scout associated mainly with City and Crewe throughout his career, and was this week found guilty of abusing 11 boys aged eight to 15.
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Guardiola was asked about the subject on Friday, and offered the following measured thoughts.
“It was a terrible history. My feelings and thoughts are for the victims and hopefully, as a society, we can learn from that,” he said.
“I am a father and it could have happened to my son or my daughter.
“It’s a terrible, terrible situation. It’s good that now the people know about that and hopefully it doesn’t happen again, and the authorities and the judges will have to try to decide a better way, to try to set an example for the future so it doesn’t happen again.”